8 months have passed since the release of the first volume of Intelligent Toys. We thought that is impossible to do a better compilation for virtual label at that time. But as the second volume proves it is always possible to do better Â you just have to want and do your best to make it real. At some points it has even overcome our biggest expectations. So there is hardly anything more to say Â 24 names 9 of which have never published their music on virtual labels can tell you everything else. Besides, all of 27 tracks have been never released before Â all of them are exclusive for Intelligent Toys 2 and some of the tracks are already planned for real publishing.
As in the first volume of the compilation musical content is very varying so everybody can find his own favourite tracks. We tried to keep the harmony between various styles of electronic music. So you will find different sorts of stuff here: from monotonic ambient to light indie/instrumental, from sweet or crazy IDM to chillout drum & bass which was produced by the only one Lithuanian artist of IT2 Â Liudas Svirskas.
It already became standard that every release of Sutemos is accompanied by a bunch of artworks. Intelligent Toys 2 is not an exclusion. It will feature 19 pieces of art made by our friends that illustrate the idea of child/toy/doll. But some of the artists have extended this format by improvising with moods and cosiness. We are very grateful to them.
This compilation Is dedicated to Julija.
1 - Marsen Jules - Brouillard
2 - Ruxpin - You Look Lovely In This Spacesuit
3 - Sleepy Town Manufacture - Restrained Ambitions
4 - Mint - When I Was Yours
5 - Zegunder - Caterpillar
6 - Ndelay - Generic Host Process
7 - Vesna - Setmsk
8 - Sense - Oh Yeah Baby
9 - EU - Reruw
10 - Ulrich Schnauss - Suddenly The Trees Are Giving Away
11 - Multiplex - 000 - Return
12 - ML - Song
13 - Manual - A Real America
14 - Broca - Anatomique
15 - Maps And Diagrams - Siaptik
16 - Novel 23 - Waiting For Touch
17 - ENV(Itre) - Yloenog
18 - Sleepy Town Manufacture - O Nei
19 - Liudas Svirskas - V Impro
20 - Unit 21 - Yellow
21 - Praveen - Vespers
22 - Verbose - Maykasaharaspointofview
23 - Ruxpin - Too Much
24 - Lackluster - Glass 080598
25 - Sabi - Uki Reflection
26 - Faction - And Not Very Transparent
27 - Manual - Crystal Pier
28 - Sleepy Town Manufacture - O Nei (Unit 21 Remix)
October 27, 2004 Subject:
I really loved the first Intelligent toys, which was a bit of a '' best of '' netaudio compilation, including one of my all time favorite netaudio track, k.a.b.y.n. by Sleepy town manufacture, lackluster's classic Thor's magic bathtub, and khonnor's cantelopps ( which i released on apegenine volume 1 ). This time around, Sutemos still sucessfully compiled many of today's netaudio superstars; sleepy town manufacture, sabi, sense, maps and diagrams and lackluster, and many more. I was quite hyped up to see the list of contributors. As i pressed play and listened to the first notes of marsen jule's opener ' brouillard ', i was definitely happy to have downloaded the 200 and some megabytes; though thematically maybe not the best release to have started the compilation with, it is by far the best and most engaging piece. It has great depth and character with its sweeping, noisy pads and leads. As i listen to the compilation, i feel that most tracks are there to '' fill in '' between the great tracks. While all tracks have great quality, most of them seem to be made in a hurry, or exploring tired clichés of electronic music. Sleepy town manufacture's tracks sadly follow this path; 'restrained ambitions' sounds like he tried to remake k.a.b.y.n. but it is uneventful and uses of tired techniques from the late 90's electronic boom, STM's second track on the compil 'O Nei' is rather compelling in its opening minute but quickly becomes bland.
Two other tracks really grabbed my attention on this compil, the first is Praveen's 'Vespers', a beautiful hip-hop piece with airy pianos and strings and Sabi's grandiose ' Uki Reflection '. Other stand out tracks are sense's somewhat comedic ' Oh yeah Baby ' , maps and diagram's beautiful 'siaptik', Unit21's 'Yellow' and ' O nei remix' and Lackluster's 080598. In my opinion, if these were the only tracks on the compilation it would be one of the best netaudio releases of all time. But as it is right now, it is a compilation of mediocre tracks amidst a few great ones.
I've just downloaded this release and i'm still flickering through the tracklisting so i'll try to get this review straight to the point.
This is to net audio what Artificial Intelligence or Clicks and Cuts 1 were to electronic music: a manifest.
Besides anyone promoting Ruxpin tracks, a personal fav of mine, desserves 5 stars.
I'm amazed, really.